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* "Grenfell Tower fire: Two more hospitals fail fire safety checks:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40525143

* "Grenfell Tower: A shadow over the capital:" http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40592626

* As a former History Teacher, this hurts my head. "Donald Trump knows what 'a lot of people don’t know':"

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* Donald Trump Jr. is no Culper Jr.. Just saying.

* "Trump’s Russia Lawyer Isn’t Seeking Security Clearance, And May Have Trouble Getting One:" https://www.propublica.org/article/trump-russia-lawyer-marc-kasowitz-alcohol-security-clearance

* "Chris Hayes: Why Kellyanne Conway said 'yet':"

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* "Ilhan Omar - Fighting for a Better Life for All Americans - Extended Interview:"

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* As of Thursday evening, we were still needing another Republican "No" vote (more would be better) on the latest attempt to rob the Poor and Middle Class of health care so the extremely rich can get yet another tax cut. If you have a Republican Senator, please keep the pressure on. If you have Susan Collins, please call and thank her for standing firm against the bill.

This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/
Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* "The Entire Trump Agenda Is at a Tipping Point:" http://www.newyorker.com/news/ryan-lizza/the-entire-trump-agenda-is-at-a-tipping-point?mbid=nl__daily&CNDID=46214731&mbid=nl_TNY%20Template%20-%20With%20Photo%20(187)&CNDID=46214731&spMailingID=11363353&spUserID=MTY5MzU1ODQyMjU2S0&spJobID=1182466159&spReportId=MTE4MjQ2NjE1OQS2

* "Jurors often want to convict police of violent crimes. These Supreme Court rulings stand in the way.:" https://mic.com/articles/178629/jurors-often-want-to-convict-police-of-violent-crime-these-supreme-court-rulings-stand-in-the-way#.nePdNewtY

* "John Oliver: The Don Jr. Scandal Is Something (If Something Means Anything):"

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* "The German Teens Who Rebelled Against Hitler:" http://mentalfloss.com/article/73451/german-teens-who-rebelled-against-hitler#.WUGG8yXfwBA.facebook

* "President Trump's All-Purpose Anti-Hillary Defense:"

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* ASL translator FTW! "The Translators - Interpreting Donald Trump:"

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* "Doncathlon - Fox News Defends the Indefensible Donald Trump Jr.:"

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* "Donald Trump Jr. Is His Own 'Deepthroat':"

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* "Donald Jr.'s Best Defense? That He's An Idiot:"

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* Today I gimped all the way to the book drop and back. It infuriates be how painful and exhausting this is, as the distance would have meant nothing to me before I got sick. Books needed to go, so I went. I lunged when I got home, and my legs went out from under me when I got up to start dinner, but it was a short fall and the sofa was there to catch me so I'm not hurt. I did use up most of the pain resistance and spoons, but I expected that. Litter really needs changing, but it will have to wait and all the things needing feeding got fed before I left as I knew it would be bad.

We scored a car appointment for Monday, but Squirrel is bleeding money on ubers to work until then, and I am trapped here. The library will carry until then with what I dropped today.

Thanks to a kind donation, we will have enough cash by Monday to fix the battery wiring assuming nothing is dramatically more wrong than expected. I'm still down about 70.00 on bills, plus we need cat food and toilet paper, but we will survive the month, I think, assuming no more emergencies happen. I'll still need to catch up somehow, and we still need front tires before the rains come for sure, but given this car is just old enough to drink, these small things going wrong is understandable.

If you want to chip in kibble money for Little Miss and he Tiny Terror, paypal is here: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* I also voted today. Yes, it is July and no one is thinking about voting, but my state has a lot of primaries. I know, I know, it's an off year and no one is thinking about voting right now, and the only races on the ballet were Port and Council-at-Large. Not glamorous, I know, but important. It's in these little local elections republicans kick our asses because they vote in every single one. We NEED to vote in every single one. Every single primary. (In my state it's open primaries, with top two going on to the general. This means that you can get two Republicans in November or two Democrats, or a Democrat and a Green or Libertarian. Primary turn out can determine if it's a lose/lose election or a win/win. People of Washington? Let's always aim for the Win/Win). Every single race even if's it's just for dog catcher. Every single General election. Yes even in an off year.

Vote early if you can, because it's better to find out you've been summarily disenfranchised by some bullshit Republican algorithm that decides there can only be one registered Jane Smith or Maria Sanchez in the entire country and therefore all of them are voting illegally early. The earlier you find out, the more time you have to fight to get your citizen's rights back from the Autocrats. Voting in primaries does that too. Better to find out in July and have time to get it sorted for November.

If you have a chance to vote? Do it. Use it or lose it.

* I was reading Dusk or Dark or Dawn or Day by @Seanan McGuire today and Tavy the Tiny Terror got really excited about the book for some reason and was aggressively sniffing and cuddling and head rubbing it for about 75 pages, before lightly licking my ear on Important Cat Business. I decided this was just right given the number of elderly rescue cats inside the covers. After all, he does very much miss living in a large colony.

* I have so many concerns about this show's racial agenda. "Fear the Walking Dead, Season 3, Episode 7&8: The Unveiling/Children of Wrath:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/fear-walking-dead-season-3-episode-7.html

* This episode was beyond not okay. "Preacher, Season 2, Episode 4: Viktor:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/preacher-season-2-episode-4-viktor.html

* The Recipes thing Got Better: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/162968659512/akasztofaviragpor-viking-badger

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "At least 28 dead after brutal gang fight in Mexico prison:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jul/06/mexico-prison-riot-acapulco-deaths

* We would be pitching in too if we had an ounce of decency. "Europeans vow more help to stem Libya-Italy migrant flow:" http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/europeans-vow-stem-libya-italy-migrant-flow-48411150

* "After a Revolution:" http://uncannymagazine.com/article/after-a-revolution/

* "Trump and Chinese president discuss North Korea:"

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* "Maxine Waters: Keep eye on sanctions:"

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* "Trump meeting with Putin sparks controversy:"

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* "The ethics chief who took on the White House:"

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* "States reject White House demand for voter information:"

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* "Lawsuit demands election results thrown out for Georgia's 6th Congressional District:" http://www.cbs46.com/story/35812893/lawsuit-demands-election-results-thrown-out-for-georgias-6th-congressional-district

* "The Brown, Queer, And Poor Are Not The Ones Holding The Left Back:" https://theestablishment.co/the-brown-queer-and-poor-are-not-the-ones-holding-the-left-back-f727e7bf55ed

* "Texas Republican Blocks State's Bathroom Bill: "I Don’t Want The Suicide Of A Single Texan On My Hands":" http://www.newnownext.com/joe-straus-suicide-texas-bathroom-bill/07/2017/?xrs=synd_facebook_Name+of+Brand

* "The Bootlegger, the Wiretap, and the Beginning of Privacy:" http://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/the-bootlegger-the-wiretap-and-the-beginning-of-privacy

* "Leah Gordon photographs the Freemasons of contemporary Haiti:" http://www.itsnicethat.com/articles/leah-gordon-freemasons-in-haiti-photography-290617

* "Zoot Suits: A Fashion Movement that Sparked Mexican American Resistance:" http://www.yesmagazine.org/people-power/zoot-suits-a-fashion-movement-that-sparked-mexican-american-resistance-20170609

* "Sabotage Your Way to Success!:" https://www.calibrepress.com/2016/10/sabotage-way-success/

* "Oral sex spreading unstoppable bacteria:" http://www.bbc.com/news/health-40520125

* "Turns Out, Snakes Can Hunt in Packs, So Let's Just All Move to Antarctica:" https://www.sciencealert.com/researcher-discovers-that-snakes-work-together-to-trap-their-prey-in-pack-hunts

* "Canuck the crow's attacks halt Vancouver mail delivery:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-40436177

* Tavy is officially wise to the medicine finger and fought hard for the first time today.

* "Killjoys, Season 3, Episode 2: A Skinner Darkly:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/07/killjoys-season-3-episode-2-skinner.html

* "The Philosophy Force Five vs the Scientismists:" http://existentialcomics.com/comic/190

* "The Dark Morality of Fairy-Tale Animal Brides:" https://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2017/03/marrying-a-monster-the-romantic-anxieties-of-fairy-tales/521319/

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* "So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "China is building an incredibly cool "forest city" that will combat pollution
China is building an incredibly cool "forest city" that will combat pollution:" http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Fbit.ly%2F2s36Fw1&t=YzI2MzQxOWIxOTM2NzI5NzU3NmQyMjBlMjYzMGJjYTIyYjJkODdlMixHYnJ2eWZNVQ%3D%3D&b=t%3AlcQOOVLPUqU8b7tcAVYSvw&p=http%3A%2F%2Fbrigdh.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F162755800318%2Fthe-future-now-china-is-building-an-incredibly&m=1

* "Trump meeting 'Everything Putin could have asked for':"

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* "The rise to power of Vladimir Putin:"

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* "Putin regime marked by graft and corruption:"

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* "Despite crackdowns, political resistance to Putin grows in Russia:"

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* "Russia makes inroads with American right via guns, religion:"

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* "Firm commissioned by Tillerson recommends that DHS issue U.S. visas:" http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-visas-idUSKBN19Q324

* "Fearing for her life, Iowa Democrat abandons race to unseat GOP Rep. Steve King:" http://seananmcguire.tumblr.com/post/161476053600/fearing-for-her-life-iowa-democrat-abandons-race

* "Oregon’s passes bill protecting reproductive rights:" https://mic.com/articles/181634/oregons-legislators-just-passed-a-bill-protecting-womens-reproductive-rights?utm_campaign=social&utm_medium=main&utm_source=policymicTBLR#.puqw9cw2a

* "A major asthma drugmaker has been quietly investing in coal on the side.:" https://newrepublic.com/minutes/143447/major-asthma-drugmaker-quietly-investing-coal-side

* "How to covertly toss an apartment, Stasi style:" https://boingboing.net/2017/07/01/witchhunting-in-the-gdr.html

* "‘True Blood’ Star Nelsan Ellis Dies at 39:" http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/nelsan-ellis-dies-dead-true-blood-1202490405/

* This was legitimately beautiful. "Uprooted - The Gong Show:"

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* "The Hollywood Bug Guys – The Gong Show:"

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* "On the Palantír and Meddling in the Affairs of Wizards:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/palantir-meddling-affairs-wizards/

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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* "What can I do to help Syria?:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/161385222607/what-can-i-do-to-help-syria

* This App phones your rep for you: http://takeastance.us/

* Here is one that will send your reps a fax: https://resistbot.io/

* "So, what can people do?*:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/161640495373/so-what-can-people-do

* Want to fight Climate Change? "Ready to Mobilize? Start Here!:" http://www.theclimatemobilization.org/start_here

* Distressed by the anti-gay genocide in Chechnya and the anti-gay laws in Russia? Donate here: https://lgbtnet.org/en

* The Rainbow Road and other ways to help Gay Refugees: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/160470723507/the-rainbow-railroad-is-helping-gay-men-escape

* This is a Real Life friend of mine. They do very much need the money and a number of people and beasts depend on him and his husband. They have been incredibly helpful and supportive of me. If you can kick in, it is a kindness.: https://www.youcaring.com/tod-788345

* This is my oldest continuous Real Life friend. She is disabled and really needs the money for herself and beasts. To buy jewelry from her: https://www.etsy.com/shop/karjack

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Donald Trump says Syria airstrike ordered while eating ‘most beautiful piece of chocolate cake’:" http://globalnews.ca/news/3374365/donald-trump-syria-airstrike-chocolate-cake/

* "North Korea lashes out at US Navy strike group move:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-39561410

* "Former Trump advisor Carter Page targeted by FISA warrant: WaPo:"

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* "Trump White House Syria policy rife with contradiction:"

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* "Trump's 'not going into Syria' vow ignores 1000+ US troops there:"

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* So it looks like Trump is so incompetent and willfully ignorant of even the minimum things a president needs to know, like which wars our troops are deployed to that he made the casual (over cake!) decision to launch his failed attack on a Syrian government air field without knowing we have troops in that country, let alone caring how that might effect them.

* "Trump's strong opinions on presidential golfing:"

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* "Trump on pace to surpass 8 years of Obama's travel spending in 1 year:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/10/politics/donald-trump-obama-travel-costs/

* "County considers special tax for Trump’s Mar-a-Lago visits:" http://www.twincities.com/2017/04/10/county-considers-special-tax-for-trumps-mar-a-lago-visits/

* "AP Exclusive: Manafort firm received Ukraine ledger payout:" https://apnews.com/20cfc75c82eb4a67b94e624e97207e23

* In clearly related news, Manafort just retroactively registered as a foreign agent.

* "Government Watchdog Is Investigating The Trump Transition:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/gao-trump-transition_us_58ece162e4b0df7e20456632

* "Spicer: Hitler ‘didn’t even sink to using chemical weapons,’ although he sent Jews to ‘the Holocaust center’:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/04/11/spicer-hitler-didnt-even-sink-to-using-chemical-weapons-although-he-sent-jews-to-the-holocaust-center/?utm_term=.066629f54d94

* "White House ineptitude represented in its spokesman Spicer:"

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* "Who is Trump aide Sebastian Gorka?:"

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* "Secretary Tillerson fails to defend US journalist in Russia:"

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* "Fmr Trump campaign manager Manafort registers as foreign agent:"

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* "Trump Budget Director Admits Their Goal Is High Inequality, Not Low Deficits:" http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/trump-budget-director-wants-high-inequality-not-low-deficit.html

* "DeVos Undoes Obama Student Loan Protections:" https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-11/devos-undoes-obama-student-loan-protections

* "Oppressor Kenneth Adkins Found Guilty Of Eight Child Molestation Counts:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/oppressor-kenneth-adkins-found-guilty.html

* "Rep. Lewis to Dems: 'Keep the faith':"

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* "Sanders: Dems win if we mobilize & educate:"

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* "Airline Customer Service Matters:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/04/airline-customer-service-matters.html

* "Report: Body of country's first female Muslim judge found in Hudson River:" http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/328591-report-body-of-countrys-first-female-muslim-judge-found-in

* "After transgender bathroom battle, North Carolina looks to ban same-sex marriage:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-north-carolina-same-sex-marriage-ban-20170412-story.html

* A petition against a non-compete agreement that has the potential to worsen the food desert situation: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/end-the-food-desert?source=email&

* "Donald Trump is Panicking About Russia:"

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* I am still sleep shifted into the least useful possible sleep cycle, hence my odd availability. I'm not even trying to fight it right now, as I'm having an out patient procedure Friday early morning that involves cutting open my foot, and at least this way, I'll likely be awake at the appropriate time without struggle. How ambulatory I'll be after and how soon depends on how deep they are forced to explore, so I can make zero guarantees about availability times until likely next week.

* This contains massive Black Sails finale spoilers. It is also hilarious: http://captain-flint.tumblr.com/post/159520863462/amuseoffyre-can-you-imagine-silver-trying-to

* On paper the Almighty Johnsons sounds up my alley. Norse Gods running around New Zealand has a lot of potential as an idea, but the execution? Not so much. It's so clearly written by and for straight men and is incredibly blokey. It literally features a montage of straight people fucking early in the first episode, the plot centers on a war between the sexes and a man's quest to find a woman and fuck her. Charming. Despite including about as much male nudity as female nudity, the women clothed or otherwise are mostly shot for straight male amusement while most of the male nudity is for humor. None of the five male leads is appealing or likeable as characters, though Olaf is at least vaguely amusing. I'm three episodes in and honestly not sure what the fuss is about and I'm having a hard time with the women are either villains or there to be treated like shit by the men ethos. The library bought these things because I asked to see them so I feel like I ought to soldier on. (I'd feel worse about them ordering the series, except there are eleven people in line for them already, so clearly a demand existed). The man character is boring, annoying, weak minded, etc.. Anders makes me want to stab him, being rapey and horrible. Mike rubs me the wrong way. Which leaves annoying, but vaguely amusing Olaf, and hod who so far is the least aweful? I guess. It's not much of an endorsement when one is saying things like "doesn't use the magical equivalent of roofies and hasn't fucked anyone too drunk to consent that we've seen" are about all one can think of praiseworthy to say. When the best one can say about a show is three out of five male leads haven't raped anyone after three episodes... Wait, is that even true? Mike has been lying to his wife their whole relationship about who he literally is. So two out of five possibly understand consent? Maybe? Except I'm doubting Olaf tells partner he's a nonagenarian, which I'm guessing they might object to, and hod isn't exactly coming clean on his T except that one time, so... It gets grosser the more one thinks about it really.

* National Poetry Month:

"Mad Girl’s Love Song - Sylvia Plath:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159509524462/mad-girls-love-song-sylvia-plath

"So We’ll Go No More a Roving By Lord Byron (George Gordon):" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/159507820316/so-well-go-no-more-a-roving-by-lord-byron

* I don't normally post dragon cave here, but I just had five eggs die, and I'd like these to live, so please click: Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!


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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

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* "Trump son-in-law sought for Russia questions:"

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* "Embattled Nunes paralyzes House Intelligence Committee:"

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* "Top Democrat calls for House Intel Chair to recuse himself:"

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* "Icahn, as Trump advisor, aims to help himself to millions:"

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* "The Playa-Hater Phenomenon:"

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* "The Liar on the Links:"

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* "Princess Mononoke Told a Story Without Villains:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/princess-mononoke-story-without-villains/

* I think they did the two scenes with gay characters in the last couple eps because they are planning to kill one. "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Fifteen: Something They Need:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/03/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode_27.html


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* Full list of Resistance and charity links has been migrated to my profile as it was getting out of hand.

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Will Russia meddle with French election next?:"

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* "Ivanka Trump’s new West Wing office raises ethics questions:"

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* "Rep. Denny Heck at House Intelligence Committee hearing:"

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* "Manafort’s growing connections with Russia:"

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* It's looking like Devin Nunes not only has Trump taint all over him but it's looking like he has financial ties to Putin. Also, lets look at an analogy for his behavior in a more familiar investigative realm. Imagine an investigation of an organized crime syndicate. Imagine the man in charge of the investigation was known to be a member of that alleged syndicate within the past year and routinely openly informs the important member of the syndicate what evidence they've found because the organized crime family is "getting beat up in the press" and so deserves to know the details of the investigation. Imagine the head of the investigation calls around to newspapers to use his power to suppress media reports of the crime syndicate's wrong doing and gives press conferences trying to vindicate the people he is supposedly investigating without talking to other case investigators, contradicting the other investigators findings in hopes of scuttling the investigation. Imagine he cancels public testimony unilateral and admits publicly he's never heard of five key figures they are investigating which means he's literally never looked at any of the evidence or is lying, but still insists he is competent to over rule the other investigators. Now add in that not only did he work openly for one of the people he is investigating but has direct financial ties to another.

What would happen? Think he'd still be lead investigator and not a suspect? how "unbiased" would the press and the FBI consider him? Just saying. I don't know for sure he's broken any laws, but shouldn't he be off the case given the weight of circumstantial here and how is it even vaguely acceptable that someone with direct financial ties to Putin has access to classified intelligence for all this time. Have Republicans no sense of patriotism left at all?

* "Dems plan filibuster to block Gorsuch:"

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* "Darrell Issa, Steve King running for reelection in 2018:"

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* "Sacred Water: Standing Rock, Part I - RISE:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/sacred-water-standing-rock-part-i/5888c90ae04dd90112c2893a

"Red Power: Standing Rock, Part II - RISE:" https://www.viceland.com/en_us/video/red-power-standing-rock-part-ii/5888c9320c031d740d2a5145

* "So Much News, So Little Time - More Drama for the Trump Administration:"

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* "Australia Is Dangerous (If You're a Dumbass):"

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* They lung situation is worsening again. I took the last antibiotics Sunday morning, but I'm about as bad as I was just before I started them again. I know I should be more patient. I've not had this pneumonia for quite two months, but I am so exhausted by it and it is hard to accomplish anything if I'm in danger of throwing up or passing out from the coughing every time I bend over.

In other news I actually figured out where locally I could get the sandwich I've been fantasizing about for a few weeks. Of course it's not something I have money for. everything I have left with auto-withdraw in the next week, but it's nice to know there is a source closer than, say, Philadelphia. I've been reduced to digging forlornly in the freezer for lost Mexican Popsicles for my throat.

* "Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future:" https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/mar/25/dystopian-dreams-how-feminist-science-fiction-predicted-the-future#img-1

* "Beauty Battles Believability in Costume Design for Margaery Tyrell, Part 2:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/beauty-battles-believability-game-thrones-costume-design-margaery-tyrell-part-2/

* "Death Eaters Suck at Family Planning:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/death-eaters-family-planning/

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* "Sketchy Trump deal eyed for potential corruption, ties to Iran:"

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* "SEAL's father asks, Did Trump's travel ban jeopardize Yemen raid?:"

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* "Is the new travel ban still unconstitutional?:"

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* "MT mail-in ballot opposed for fear of Democratic turnout:"

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* "House Republicans finally release their health care bill:"

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* "Trump's Unfounded Accusations of Wiretapping:"

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* "Breaking Down GOP Hypocrisy:"

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* "Russian Revelations Continue To Leak Out, Implicating Trump's Inner Circle:"

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* "Cartoon Donald Trump Is Visited By Ghosts Of Presidents Past:"

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* "Anderson Cooper And Kellyanne Conway Are 'Rethinking' Their Relationship:"

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* Remember how I mentioned the sinus infection migrating into my lungs? It's ramping up on my. I was meant to go out and accomplish things Monday, but my body vetoed it. I think things are far enough along I should call and try to talk them into a Doctor's appointment for a third round of antibiotics.

* Marvel making holocaust survivor Magneto into a NAZI is an obscenity. http://barbucomedie.tumblr.com/post/158098000265/rush-keating-singleworkingdadneto-whoops

* Black Sails XXXIV: Everything Burns

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* "Many avenues of investigation for Trump Russia connection:"

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* "Trump choices, like Manafort, not so odd from Russian perspective:"

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* "New Commerce Secretary at nexus of lucrative Trump Russian deal:"

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* "Sen. Durbin: GOP trying to bury Russia scandal:"

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* "Trump tours African-American museum:"

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* "Trump: ‘Nobody knew’ health care so complicated:"

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* "Breast cancer survivor on ACA repeal: 'It's dehumanizing':"

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* "Will Trump address antisemitism with action?:"

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* "Police reform in the age of Trump:"

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* Yes, I supported a different candidate, but I also said all a long that there were at least four candidates for DNC Chair that I would be fine with, and Mr. Perez choosing Mr. Ellison as his Deputy assuages most of my concerns. The proof will be in their effectiveness, of course and I will certainly be watching how things go. The important thing in this moment s that the party get it's shit together and start fighting hard for our values instead of letting the worst voices run rough shod over the rest of us.

* "My Sisters, I Want You To Grow Old:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/my-sisters-i-want-you-to-grow-old.html

* "Rest In Power and Peace, Ciara McElveen:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-ciara-mcelveen.html

* "Mean Tweets – Oscars Edition :"

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* "Trump's Nuclear Plan: It's Like The Cold War All Over Again:"

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* "Cartoon Donald Trump Dreads The White House Correspondents' Dinner:"

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* "It was super lucky I went out to exchange routers when I did.:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157792169651/it-was-super-lucky-i-went-out-to-exchange-routers

* "The Seven Most (in)Famous Secondary Houses in Westeros :" https://www.thefandomentals.com/the-seven-most-infamous-secondary-houses-in-westeros/

* "Sunday Sweets: Masquerade!:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/2/26/sunday-sweets-masquerade.html

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* "Manure brokers emerge, alleviate mobilization for a price:" http://www.dailynk.com/english/read.php?num=14317&cataId=nk01502

* TW: Pedophilia. "Alex Acosta and the Jeff Epstein controversy:"

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* "Voter fraud paranoia vs. voting rights protection:"

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* "Who will lead the DNC?:"

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* "The Handmaid’s Tale now Amazon bestseller:"

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* "With Pence gone, fellow Republicans undo his work in Indiana:" http://www.indystar.com/story/news/politics/2017/02/09/pence-gone-fellow-republicans-undo-his-work/97699694/

* "While My Grandfather Fought in WWII, My Grandmother Was Locked in a U.S. Concentration Camp:"https://www.aclu.org/blog/while-my-grandfather-fought-wwii-my-grandmother-was-locked-us-concentration-camp

* "Sunday Sweets Goes FULL UNICORN:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/2/19/sunday-sweets-goes-full-unicorn.html

* "Supernatural, Season 12, Episode 12: Stuck in the Middle Of You:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/supernatural-season-12-episode-12-stuck.html

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* "Suicide Bomber Kills At Least 70 People At Sufi Shrine In Pakistan:" http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/02/16/515598245/suicide-bomber-kills-at-least-70-people-at-sufi-shrine-in-pakistan

* "U.S. allies also intercept Russia-Trump adviser communications:" http://www.newsweek.com/allies-intercept-russia-trump-adviser-communications-557283

* "Europe Must Defend Itself Against A Dangerous President:" http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/a-1133177.html

* "Watergate vs. Russiagate:"

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* "Don't Buy Mike Pence's Innocent Act:" http://www.shakesville.com/2017/02/dont-buy-mike-pences-innocent-act.html

* "Chaffetz, Goodlatte ask government watchdog to investigate leaks:" http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/15/politics/jason-chaffetz-inspector-general/index.html

* "The Trump White House Is Screwed, Big League:" https://newrepublic.com/article/140631/trump-white-house-screwed-big-league

* "Donald Trump Stunned To Learn Presidency Is An Actual Job, His First:" http://theconcourse.deadspin.com/donald-trump-stunned-to-learn-presidency-is-an-actual-j-1792215349

* "Reaching the Moral High Ground and Finding It Barren:" https://thesocietypages.org/cyborgology/2017/02/10/reaching-the-moral-high-ground-and-finding-it-barren/

* "Congressman says constituents asking for a town hall are ‘enemies’ of democracy:" https://thinkprogress.org/congressman-says-constituents-asking-for-a-town-hall-are-enemies-of-democracy-a492ea1e3fa0#.wfgir85i3

* "GOP super PAC linked to Paul Ryan used illegally hacked material against Democratic House candidates:" http://www.salon.com/2016/12/14/gop-super-pac-linked-to-paul-ryan-used-illegally-hacked-material-against-democratic-house-candidates-report/

* Parenting and rape Culture. http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/157432965382/evanescentanathema-yencid-ozziescribbler

* Props to Larry Wilmore. "Larry Wilmore Puts Milo On Blast:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/larry-wilmore-puts-milo-on-blast.html

* "How the Black Lives Matter movement is mobilizing against Trump:" http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2017/02/black-lives-matter-versus-trump

* "Flint Residents’ Choice: ‘Pay for Your Poison’ or Have Water Shut Off:" https://rewire.news/article/2017/02/14/flint-residents-choice-pay-for-poison-have-water-shut-off/

* "The Great Unchecked Legislative F*ckfest of 2017:"

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* "Paul Ryan: Portrait in Courage:"

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* "We're Still Not There: A Practical Guide to Resistance:"

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* This is awkward in spots, but mesmerizing. "Stephane Bullion - Florian Magnenet - Morel - Saint-Loup ou le combat des anges:"

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* "Taboo Presents, Oh my God the Delaneys need a Shrink!:" https://www.thefandomentals.com/taboo-presents-delaneys-need-shrink/

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* "Kim Jong-nam: Second woman arrested over airport poisoning:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-38988981

* "Can Americans get an impartial Trump inquiry?:"

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* "‘Unbelievable Turmoil’: Trump’s First Month Leaves Washington Reeling:" https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/14/us/politics/trump-white-house.html?smprod=nytcore-iphone&smid=nytcore-iphone-share&_r=0

* "The Daily 202: Did Mike Pence get burned by Michael Flynn?:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/daily-202/2017/02/10/daily-202-did-mike-pence-get-burned-by-michael-flynn/589d13ffe9b69b1406c75ca2/?utm_term=.2b4e86c85965

* "Justice Department warned White House that Flynn could be vulnerable to Russian blackmail, officials say:" https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/world/national-security/justice-department-warned-white-house-that-flynn-could-be-vulnerable-to-russian-blackmail-officials-say/2017/02/13/fc5dab88-f228-11e6-8d72-263470bf0401_story.html

* Andy Puzder, the Hardees/Carl's Jr.'s guy who wants to replace worker's with Robots who was nominated for Secretary of Labor, has been pulled on account of extreme spousal abuse. Oddly enough, Steve Bannon, with a similar history is somehow still in the white House pulling strings.

* Fuck’s sake, Democrats get your asses in gear. "DCCC weak contesting Georgia district Trump barely won:"

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* "Rest In Power and Peace, Jo Jo Striker:" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/rest-in-power-and-peace-jo-jo-striker.html

* "Laverne Cox Urges Grammy Audience To "Google Gavin Grimm"':" http://transgriot.blogspot.com/2017/02/laverne-cox-urges-grammy-audience-to.html

* "Laverne Cox - Exploring All Sides of Justice on "Doubt":"

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* "Michael Flynn's White House Tenure: It's Funny 'Cause It's Treason:"

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* "Andrew Garfield And Idina Menzel Star In A Movie Written By Kids:"

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* "Ivanka Trump Hearts Justin Trudeau:"

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* "Michael Flynn Becomes the First Casualty of the Trump Administration:"

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* "The GOP Weasels Out of Questions About Michael Flynn-:"

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* "Toby Stephens: CBeebies Bedtime Stories - Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs Missing Treasure!:"

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* Things needed doing, so I masked up and dragged myself out to do them, despite getting out of breath on the walk to the bathroom. I needed to do a small thing for a neighborhood friend and go to the Doctor (of course), but also we were running out of key food items which meant forage and a grocery store not in my neighborhood.

Something happened at forage that I wanted to mention, particularly as a reminder to able bodied people. DO NOT GRAB SOMEONE'S CRUTCH or other mobility device away from them. Yes, even if you think you are helping. Look, I know she thought she was helping, but she really, really wasn't. The carts there have an open work design, that means I can't just toss the crutch into the basket and have it stay there, so I have this plastic flat that once held plant starts that I put on the lower racks, and I slide the crutch through the top slots, with the flat holding the bottom of the crutch to keep it falling through the grate. It frees up my hands, keeps the crutch out of everyone's way, and I can use the cart as a walker but still have the crutch for when I need it. Only, the flat got knocked askew, so I'm bent over coughing, trying to resettle the flat and the crutch on the bottom rack. I just get everything reseated and ready to go when the wel meaning white lady yanks the crutch from my hands and out of it's slot, knocking the rack out of place and endangering my balance, meaning I had to retrieve my crutch from her and bend over again to readjust the rack and make sure everything is properly put back together. It would have been half the time and half the coughing if she'd just LEFT THE CRUTCH ALONE. She thought she was helping, but she undid my work because she assumed incorrectly the point of the exercise, and it didn't occur to her to ask first. Look, it's rude anyway, as that is essentially a body part, even though it's detached, but the point I'm making here, is you can't read my mind. You see me doing something, it may or may not be what you think I'm doing. I've been dealing with my spinal damage a loooong time. I know the safest way to alight from a bus and how to shop with an inconvenient basket design. I literally brought a plastic plant flat in from my car to put in my cart because I knew in advance I would need one.

I am absolutely not saying you shouldn't ask if I need help carrying something or whatever, because I often really do need that sort of help, but the magic word here is ASK. Consent is magic. "Would you like a hand with that?" is polite. Grabbing my crutch isn't. Yes, even if you really do mean well.

In other adventures in disability, I was behind a nice Ukrainian couple in line. He was mostly collecting the food, going back and forth with her to consult, while she mostly managed the children. The boy was five or six and I'd guess the girl was maybe four. she needed a lot more monitoring , and was tired, I think. Th boy was quiet and well behaved, and so they were mostly just corralling him in when he started to drift out of orbit without really paying attention to him. He was staring at me wide eyed and silent. Look, I'm a middle aged, goth with long hair, ambiguous gender presentation, a crutch, and a surgical mask, gasping like a fish out of water because I am having to shuffle around with an infection because milk and bread do not spontaneously generate. I get it, I really do. The stares are significantly less flattering than the ones I got back when I was a high goth androgyny with a tiger striped Mohawk, but people have been staring at me for one reason or another since I was twelve and I am used to it. If it had been an adult gaping at me like that, I likely would have been shirty, but I have a policy with small children where I give a sound bite explanation of whatever is causing the curiosity/distress/whatever, because I can remember being three and wondering why the guy on the bus had a constellation drawn on his face and I feel like it's more normalizing to explain a disability to a small child than to let it be an object of unspeakable taboo curiosity. This kid was too old to shout loud qquestions, but too young to dissemble interest, which says teachable moment to me. I figure better I explain to some little kid that some people have spinal damage you can't see and need help walking than have them assume walking is all or nothing with disability; or as in this case that some people have sick lungs and need a mask to protect themselves and others. I don't have a lot of feelings to hurt and other people might, and this way next time the little guy sees someone with a mask, he'll likely think 'oh, someone with lung trouble' and not stare. I do not think the parents noticed. She was fussing with the little girl and he was getting bread,

Apparently the other antibiotic was good for lung infections, but not sinus ones, hence me seeming to improve and then reversing on it. I just started yet another antibiotic.


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* "Meet Aisha, a former antelope hunter who now tracks Boko Haram:" https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/feb/08/antelope-hunter-boko-haram-nigeria

* "Turks and Caicos: Where women hold the top jobs:" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-38679913

* "Maddow: Careening Trump White House invites disaster:"

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* "Spousal abuse testimony on Oprah a factor in Puzder confirmation:"

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* The horrible Mnuchin is in. Flynn's out over the whole possible espionage, violation of the Logan Act/Russian Blackmail thing.

* I am not angry at people voting for Schulkin to pass through, though I am for those who voted for most of the rest of them. He's an Obama hold over and a reasonable choice. He's on the vert short list with Gen. Mattis and ... IDK, maybe Elaine Chao, of people who'd be acceptable in a year when Republicans weren't rubber stamping criminals and incompetents an actual vetting was going on.

* It's time for another round of "Who's in Donald Trump's Cabinet?:" https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2017/02/trump-cabinet-tracker/510527/

* "Donald Trump signs executive order giving police more authority:" http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-sign-executive-order-police-more-authority-murder-shooting-us-president-jeff-sessions-a7572001.html

* "Time to pull out again: The 14 Points of Fascism:" http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/11/20/1452457/-Time-to-pull-out-again-The-14-Points-of-Fascism

* "This is what Republicans try to demonize for political gain. Think about it.:" http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/157223842323

* "What Steve Bannon Wants You to Read:" http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/02/steve-bannon-books-reading-list-214745

* "Danger of gutted spillway still looms over Oroville Dam:"

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* "The Troubling Resurgence of Racial Slurs Like ‘Shvartze’ and ‘Kushi:" http://forward.com/opinion/361625/michael-twitty-black-jewish-relations/?utm_content=buffer52cb7&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer

* "Elaine Welteroth & Phillip Picardi - How Teen Vogue Has Grown Up:"

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* "Phyllis Mae Dailey, The First Black Navy Nurse:" http://blackdoctor.org/483585/phyllis-mae-dailey/

* "10 Black women trailblazers who are overlooked during Black History Month:" http://www.revelist.com/race/black-women-trailblazers/6758

* Bruno Mars and Morris Day and the Time ripped it up at the Grammys in there Tribute to Prince. Seriously, this was brilliant and right.: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/157223932408/agoraphobic-ecologist-prince-grammy-tribute

* This is cheesy, but it made me weep: http://sodiumflare.tumblr.com/post/157222892030/hogwartshiddenswimmingpool-a-glorious-dawn

* "Trump's Open-Air Situation Room:"

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* “Smeagol in a Suit” *snerk* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Senior Adviser Stephen Miller:"

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* "Stephen Miller, You're Invited To Tell Lies On The Late Show:"

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* "Laverne Cox Did Not Cry While Meeting Beyoncé:"

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* I found an angle that completely thrashes my torso muscles, but which allowed sleep. Tavy was pleased as he got on the human sleeps as is proper. I need to go out for supplementary meds tomorrow, which I do not want to do. I think the antibiotics are working after all, though I have doubts if it will be enough having just swallowed the last one. I'm at the sorting out how much of the crappiness is infection and how much is meds stage. I can make it to the bathroom without getting seriously winded, which is progress.

* This is brilliant and I'm now all for the Billy = Miranda+Thomas theory. "Parallels between Billy and Miranda & Musical Instruments on ‘Black Sails’:" http://sagestreet.tumblr.com/post/157212001302/parallels-between-billy-and-miranda-musical

* I've been quietly loathing the giant Teddy bear add that is full of lines that make it clear the giant Teddy bear is meant to signal cock size and in the grossest possible way making it clear if a guy buys this bear he will somehow definately get laid, even though this is not consistent with the reaction of any woman I've ever met. I never actually looked up. Until tonight. Me: Where are they going to store that thing. It's huge! What adult woman would want a human sized bear... Oh! The guy is fucking the BEAR! He is pretending it's a romantic gift for her, but the commercial is clearly all about a socially acceptable excuse to buy a man sized sex toy and justify it.

You'd think given my sexual history, I would not be this naive, but there You have it. No wonder they are showing it late nights with the vibrator and boner pill ads.

* "The Walking Dead, Season Seven, Episode Seven: Rock In The Road:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/the-walking-dead-season-seven-episode.html

* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Seven: They Came First:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/02/emerald-city-season-one-episode-seven.html

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* "Gold Star father Khizr Khan condemns Muslim ban:"

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* "Immigrants left in limbo after Trump order:"

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* "Outcry over Trump’s Muslim ban continues:"

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* "What should the Democrats do next?:"

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* "GOP leaders won’t back Trump on voter fraud:"

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* "DAPL: What you need to know now:"

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* "States propose bills to penalize protests:"

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* "Federal agencies resist science deniers:"

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* "Sunday Sweets For Puzzle Lovers:" http://www.cakewrecks.com/home/2017/1/29/sunday-sweets-for-puzzle-lovers.html

* "Writing With Color Top Posts + Other Useful Ones:" https://thewightknight.tumblr.com/post/156526846573/writingwithcolor-writing-with-color-top-posts


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* "North Korea Defector Says Elite Turning Their Backs On Kim Jong Un:" http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/north-korea-defector-says-elite-turning-their-backs-kim-jong-n711936

* "Russia treason arrest seen as tacit corroboration of US intel:"

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* "Trump favor for unpopular Russia raises questions of influence:"

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* "Mayor de Blasio welcomes a fight with Trump over 'sanctuary...:"

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* @&%$#! "Is Trump using an insecure phone?:"

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* "Rep. Elijah Cummings wants to talk to the President:"

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* "Sen. Booker: Trump is 'a repeated liar and propagandist':"

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* "Trump's flawed executive orders:"

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* "PPP poll: Trump base deluded by false facts:"

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* Is this what the Romans felt when Caligula woke from his fever and started using the full power of the Empire in service of his whims and delusions?

* "Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest:" https://www.theguardian.com/media/2017/jan/24/journalists-charged-felonies-trump-inauguration-unrest

* "Sen Franken on resisting Trump: 'We have a strategy':"

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* "Heather Ann Thompson - The Truth About Attica Prison in "Blood in the Water" - Extended Interview:"

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* BTW, when Trevor Noah suggested doing Trump's intelligence briefings in the form of simple personalized video's? That's pretty close to what they had to do for Reagan as he had dementia.

* Now that Trevor Noah has informed us that 45 is slang for Penis in South Africa, I can't hear news reports about 45 (Donald Trump) the same way.

* "Have You Seen This Pizza Thief Dressed As A Beer Bottle?:" http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/pizza-thief-beer-bottle-costume_us_58825ee9e4b0e3a73568c665

* "Coronation Street:"

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* "Who March the World? Girls.:"

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* "President Trump Takes (Executive) Action:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer:"

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* "Get Your Gloat On:"

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* "Welcome to President Trump's Reality:"

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* "The Daily Show Takes the #TrumpCake:"

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* "President Trump Wants to Send "the Feds" to Chicago:"

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* "Capturing the Essence of President Trump's Tweets:"

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* I spent 20 hoursish of Thursday in bed with a severe chronic pain incident. It's been bad this week generally. Luckily the guests showed up in the most functional window I've had in about all week. If I forget a thing I promised, if I make a serious mistake, I apologize. My head feels like a rotting cabbage on the inside without the meds and with them, I'm still in a really distracting amount of pain, plus drugged.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* "Donald Trump is now president — here are 8 guides to help you resist his agenda:" http://brigdh.tumblr.com/post/156329735276/yourenotaloneinthis-the-movemnt-donald-trump

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* NoDAPL. "It’s important that donations are made to a variety of these campaigns:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156428233978/thepoliticsoffrybread-me-non-natives-esp

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack
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* "NYT: Intercepts part of Trump-Russia investigation:"

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* "Sen. Sherrod Brown: White House starting to look like Goldman...:"

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* "Trump scrambling for crucial hires after weak preparation:"

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* "At last minute, Trump asks Obama appointees to stay:"

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* Everything since early November has felt like the montage explaining how the world ended.

* Don't Forget Mike Pence: https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156112695818/cannibalcoalition-cannibalcoalition

* "Donald Trump is offering free tickets to his inauguration — and it's totally backfiring:" https://mic.com/articles/165707/donald-trump-is-offering-free-tickets-to-his-inauguration-and-it-s-totally-backfiring?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.UzIhCJz51

* "Obama leaves legacy of extraordinary accomplishments:"

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* So was Rick Perry flirting with Al Franken or what?

* " Montana Police Nail Mezuzah on Station Door, Defying Neo-Nazis:" http://forward.com/fast-forward/360481/photos-montana-police-nail-mezuzah-on-station-door-defying-neo-nazis/

* "I think the Fuck Not:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156109193342

* "Things they don’t tell you about top surgery:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156108905787/deducecanoe-lunapics-fonbella

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "A Topless Protester Grabs a Wax Donald Trump:"

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* "Profiles in Tremendousness - Secretary of Education Nominee Betsy DeVos:"

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* "President Obama Babyproofs America:"

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* "Back in Black - The Trump Inauguration's No-Star Lineup:"

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* "Swamp Dwellers:"

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* "The Great Feminists in Feminism Herstory Hall of Lady Fame :"

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* "Full Frontal Is Scared: Masha Gessen Edition:"

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* "Trump's Pre-Inauguration Photo Op:"

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* "Anxieties Over Russia Come to a Head:"

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* "How Donald Trump Spent His MLK Weekend:"

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* "The WERD: Repeal and Erase:"

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* "Trump Gets Ready For Day One-ish:"

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* "Obama's Final Message To The Press: Good luck!:"

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* "Trump's Inauguration: This Is Really Happening:"

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* "Grizzly Bears Are An Educational Menace:"

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* I wish there was some sort of simple way to tell whether one is tired or hungry.

* I went to get lung medicine today and as I pulled in, I saw the inevitable able bodied people blocking handicapped parking for a conversation, and was grumpily bracing to have to idle, burning gas and wasting time until they were done, as this is what usually happens in this scenario. Instead, get this, They moved out of the way. I've been handicapped for like a decade and they NEVER move out of the way. I thanked them on the way past and they were really nice and pleasant.

So get this. I'm leaving and there is a dad and two young sons blocking the exit to the handicapped lot and he sees me and the other car with a lady in wheelchair in it start to pull out of our parking spots, and he puts his arms around his kids and They moved out of the way! Twice in one day, polite able bodied people instead of passive aggressive assholes.

Bonus points? The four year old was dressed as superman and the 1-2nd grader was wearing an Obama tee shirt. Seems about right.

* My brain just parsed an Angie's List commercial as offering a Handy Man and not a handyman. *ahem*

* Some of you will remember the state of the apartment when I moved in, the Pigmen having pissed pretty much everywhere and the disgustingly grubby state of everything. My toilet was the worst. I suspect it hadn't been cleaned properly since they erected the building. I've been working on it, as bit at a time, but I assumed the rust streaks were as permanent as the damaged enamel. I started experimenting with those things you toss in the tank at some point in 2016 on the grounds it really couldn't make it worse and I'm buying them in packs at the dollar store, so it's not like the two dollars I spent so far was a huge investment. I was skeptical. My family never used them, we just cleaned the toilet regularly, and i figured it was a scam, but seriously two dollars in six months. I did see some mild improvement with the first set, so I invested in the second dollar's worth, only switched brands. I popped it after dinner. By 2AM, there was noticeable marked improvement. Dude! Really, I need all new plumbing what with the past it's sell by water heater, the crap water pressure for hot water, the pipes, and the wobbly toilet that I rigged back together after it broke and keep having to mess with, but no way is any of that happening. Right now, I'll settle for as toilet that works and is reasonable presentable to guests.

* I have reached season 5 of Shameless (I'm only 2/3 through so do not TELL me the rest). I think this is the first year I really liked Lip as a person. I really have appreciated his season 4-5 college arc which has been very much about culture shock and how hard it is for first generation college students. I don't always agree with his season 5 decitions, but oh, do I understand them. I am also really apreciating the writers making both Kevin AND Veronica clearly in the wrong for their marital troubles. It would have been so much easier to make one the put upon hero and one the villain. Instead they did something realer and more complex.

As always though, it is the Mickey and Ian plot that absolutely breaks me. Ian's stuff is so hard to watch and heartbreaking. Noel Fisher's performance though? Dayumn. His character has come so far from the guy who could only say "I love you" by committing hate crimes against Ian's other lovers. Watching his season four struggle to start owning his truth was beautiful. This season though, ouch. The performance is so fucking good. The tiny hesitation and the brave little lift of the chin every time he tells a new stranger/authority figure that he and Ian are together, lovers, boyfriends. The absolute devastation on his face and the love that is so clearly there as Ian spirals. This story is so important to me. Mickey Milkovich is so important to me. The Ian/Mickey relationship is really important to me.

* Dylan Thomas' " “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” has been bouncing around a lot in my head in the last year and especially since November. I know, I know. He wrote it when his dad was dying and there is an argument as to whether it is an admonition to his dying Father (harsh) or a description. It was my Father's favorite poem and I was exposed to it young.

I've thought about it an aweful lot over the years, and to me it has always been an exhortation to the living in the face of the reality of death. I'm okay with being wrong about intent, because the author is dead, after all, both metaphorically and physically. This is what it means, what it always means to me, a call to resist, a call for life and light to stand against in inevitability of entropy. I have lived that way personally. I sucked every morsel of delight and grief the world offered me. I fought for every step. Even as the lights go out all over the West, I will not go gentle and I will always rage, rage against the dying of the light. Fuck the academics who tell me different.

* "Emerald City, Season One, Episode Three: Mistress - New - Mistress:" http://www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/01/emerald-city-season-one-episode-three.html

* This was ages ago and the games has been dead a couple of years, but every now and then, I stop to appreciate that a literal Bear (Shifter) PC picked up a guy in a bath house in Early Medieval Spain and used him for the whole rest of the time in that city as a useful informational local contact, including getting him to get his cousin the guard to let him into a garden so they could have a tryst/infiltrate.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* "free advice if you're going to any of the various protests, marches, etc. this week.:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/156113948218/free-advice-if-youre-going-to-any-of-the-various

* "Healthcare Resources:" http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/156106364557/healthcare-resources

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

* This is the patreon of an RL friend with etsy link: https://www.patreon.com/karjack
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* "Putin resented Clinton for calling out his rigged election:"

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* "Trump lies about intelligence report on Russia easily spotted:"

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* "Trump vs. intelligence agencies:"

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* "Vetting Rex Tillerson:"

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* "Who's going to pay for the wall? You are.:"

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* Five were killed in a mass shooting in Fort Lauderdale airport on Friday. The shooter was an Iraq War veteran, likely with schizophrenia.

* "Trump’s alleged mob ties:"

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* "Sessions nomination faces resistance:"

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* "Michelle Obama Farewell Speech: First lady's message will help us survive the next 4 years:" https://mic.com/articles/164634/michelle-obama-farewell-speech-first-lady-s-message-will-help-us-survive-the-next-4-years?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.3d606zx2w

* "Rep. Keith Ellison talks DNC campaign:"

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* "Anti-Semitism Is Back? Those of Us in the Hasidic Community Know That It Never Went Away:" http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/218236/anti-semitism-is-back

* "Key & Peele - Obama and Luther's Farewell Address - Uncensored:"

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* Today's adulting: and mending and the horrible TV exchange. It was terrible, took over an hour, involved taking apart a DvD player/fixing it/closing it back up, but the bedroom is sorted out. I no longer have closed captioning or remote control for the TV, but I can actually see what is happening during night scenes, and the annoying buzzing is gone. Geoff Peterson Jr. and the Halloween tree are put away properly. The resulting mess is mostly cleaned up, though the old TV still needs to go out. Progress!

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Don't get snowed by Trump jobs claims:"

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* "Trump continues to heap indignity, humiliation on Chris Christie:"

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* "Trump AG pick Sessions called out for faking civil rights record:"

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I can think of nothing more Trumpian than being so racist that Congressional Republicans declared you unfit for the bench, so to fix it, you take credit for other lawyers' civil rights cases, which you opposed at the time.

* Monday I saw Kelly Anne Conway insist that Congressional Republicans had a strong mandate to get rid of bars to Congressional corruption. Which argument only makes sense if Republicans believe that every vote for a Republican is a vote in favour of unchecked corruption. O.o

* I send my best wishes to the NAACP members protesting Jeff sessions appointment to the Cabinet of Deplorables.

* Remember the Republicans are currently arguing that it is absolutely necessary to kick 3-4 million working people off their health care to pay for an all important tax cut for the very rich.

* "Online guide helps focus anti-Trump movement:"

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* "What is the 'Indivisible' guide?:"

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* "Sen Chuck Schumer on Trump: 'I think we can really nail him':"

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* "Schumer: Hard right's embrace of Trump 'will make him a failure':"

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* "Schumer predicts 'chaos' from GOP Obamacare repeal:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow/watch/schumer-predicts-chaos-from-gop-obamacare-repeal-847032899540

* "Dems tell GOP: Don't 'Make America Sick Again':" http://www.msnbc.com/all-in/watch/dems-tell-gop-don-t-make-america-sick-again-847882819758

* "Sanders: Republicans wrong to claim mandate:"

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* "Democrats plan nationwide mobilization against Trump agenda:"

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* Notice they are singling out the women for attack. "Texas, learning nothing, may be the next state to pass an anti-trans bathroom bill:" https://mic.com/articles/164046/texas-eyes-north-carolina-inspired-bathroom-bill-seems-cool-with-losing-millions?utm_source=policymicTBLR&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social#.qeeo9m49T

* I failed at bureaucracy, and plan to try again Friday after yet another Doctor's appointment. Sigh. Forage, Doctor, and meds are accomplished.

* "hour come round at last:" http://cmdr-zoom.livejournal.com/511049.html

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* I have just added Chuck Schumer to my list of Senators likely to fight for every inch. Since he has Harry Reid's old job, this is a bigger relief than I can express.

* "Rebecca Ferguson says she will play Trump inauguration if she can sing Strange Fruit:" https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jan/02/rebecca-ferguson-says-she-will-play-trump-inauguration-if-she-can-sing-strange-fruit?CMP=share_btn_tw

* "75 Years Later: How the World Shrugged Off Kristallnacht:" http://www.spiegel.de/international/germany/berlin-exhibit-gathers-1938-diplomatic-accounts-of-nazi-kristallnacht-a-931733.html

* Adulting Win! Despite feeling a special brand of crap and a truly astonishing amount of pain, I achieved quite a bit yesterday and today. Yesterday, i managed to get the boxes out and start the Gothmas breakdown. Halloweentown, Ornaments, and sundries got carefully picked apart and sorted into boxes for next year before bedtime. Today, despite short sleep, a massive headache, and increasingly uncooperative legs, I made it out in time to do two in person bureaucracies, hitting the library and three grocery stores on the way home. I got Squirrel to print documents out while I put things away. After dinner and mid level meds, I sorted the paperwork out for tomorrow, carefully unpicked the lighting display, corralled lost ornaments, cleaned and swept, made a mini display out of the surviving gourds, cards, and the sundries that stay out all year, rewired the alter, and put everything away for the year.

Remember how I made all that extra room in the closet reorg? Remember how I was also gifted a massive amount of second hand decorations and moved the spare TV in there? There is now no room for the big Halloween Tree. The bedroom television is dying and pulling it is a two person job, so I haven't been able to sort it. Once I've pulled and replaced it with the spare, the tree should be able to go back into it's old home. I am going to miss the bedroom TV massively as it has closed captioning and a remote and the spare came without it's remote and does not have closed captioning, but with second hand TVs one takes what one gets. (The TVs in question are all pre-flat screen tech, so huge and heavy. It's a two person job because the TV fits exactly in the space provided, so someone has to hold the monster while someone else undoes all the wiring). Still the hum is getting hard to hear dialog over and this week the picture degenerated to fuzz and lines, so it must go while i can still make out faces through the snow.

Tavy, of course, lost his mind the last two days. He's never had trauma (just health problems), and has literally never been in a human move, so to him, closet boxes are a place he likes to nap/hide. He's very easily overstimulated though and things are happening in his house and there are interesting sounds and the human is doing things and he has spent the last two days "helping," climbing all over us, and randomly mauling us in his great excitement. He's an active little guy and not yert two. This is perfectly reasonable developmentally, but it is exhausting and painful.

Squirrel is bummed out. If he had his way, I'd leave the whole Gothmas display up all year round, instead of just Septemberish to beginningish of January. I reassured him that the fairy light ring and altar/mantle lights would be staying as they always do.

Anyway, adulting accomplished. Tomorrow is going to be nightmarish, as it's got more in person bureaucracy, foraging, Doctor, and groceries in it, all on a second day in a row with short sleep, an infection, and likely minimal spoons. Witness me!

* Wow, my fever is really high. I'm putting myself to bed.

*****

* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* The Trump Team argument for why the constitutional bar against Trump and his family profiting from gifts from foreign government does not apply to them, is that they are openly breaking the law which means it is magically not illegal. by the same logic, if you rob a bank in broad daylight without a mask it is not only not illegal, but you get to keep the money and murder as many people as you like in the process, since according to them if you openly break a law instead of doing it furtively it is not illegal. I do not understand how one can have a functioning society based on this principle.

* "My President Was Black:" https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/01/my-president-was-black/508793/

* "Ta-Nehisi Coates - Reflecting on the Obama Years in "My President Was Black":"

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* "Backlash against North Carolina GOP power grab:"

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* "Bureau of Justice Statistics release new, accurate police killing numbers that are double the historic estimates:" https://boingboing.net/2016/12/17/bureau-of-justice-statistics-r.html

* A reminder about my position on GMOs: My objection is to Monsanto’s business practices, such as suing small farmers over cross pollination and making it illegal for farmers to save “seed corn” for next year as farmers have been doing throughout the history of agriculture as it is suddenly, somehow “copy right infringement.”

I DO favor accurate labeling, as I always do for pretty much everything, as I feel like people should be allowed to make informed choices, but at the same time pretty much everything we eat is genetically modified because at some point humans tinkered by selecting for traits. Eat a banana? Radically modified over the course of human history. Eat any kind of grain pretty much? Modified by our human ancestors since before agriculture for increasing digestibility, yield, etc... This is why the paleo diet is a fiction: you literally can’t eat as pre-agriculture humans ate as the species have changed to much and anyway, which early humans, when, and where.

I feel like we need to be objecting or not objecting to things on a rational basis. anti-science bias is not helping us fix problems we rather desperately need science to solve like hunger, epidemics (anti-vaxxers), climate change (climate deniers).

* Victim Blaming and Policy: (TW: Abuse)

The classic story of my generation at school goes like this:

Someone is doing something horrible to you: beating you up, threatening you, using racist/homophobic/sexist taunts, threatening to or actively trying to rape you. The adult punishes you for telling, and lets the abuse continue.

Every Xer pretty much has stories like this. If they don’t, odds are, they were part of the problem.

I discovered later that that was deliberate. They turned schools for our generation into a shark tank under the theory that kids should work things out for themselves and that kids being bullied did something to deserve it. It was systematic and on purpose. A whole generation of teachers were trained that way.

It was just laziness in my opinion. It takes actual effort to properly monitor and intervene, and Boomers were all about not malign neglect. My Mother was trained this way, and hated it, because it went against all her instincts, and was why she ended up spending only two years in the classroom. It defies logic too, of course. If you reward instigators and bullies by heaping punishment on their targets, it just encourages more cruelty and bullying.

In the long run, it’s less work to nip that shit right in the bud. You consistently punish the people causing the bulk of the problems, you support kids apt to intervene for justice and model how to do it, and make things fair for the kids being hassled, you get a lot less trouble in your room generally, the kids are happier and safer, and they are apt to grow up into decent human beings instead of sociopaths, but humans are terrible at logic and picking the long term benefit over the immediate. As a result our generation were guinea pigs for the me generation’s collective decision not to protect children from each other.

This turns out to be one of the areas where doing the ethically correct thing is also the pragmatically correct thing. (Another area like this is raiusing the minimum wage. you make the minimum wage a living wage and design the tax code, etc. to limit extreme inequality, the economy booms. you do what we’ve done since 1980, and fix the tax code to reward wealth and punish work, while letting wages for the working and middle classes erode, you get things like the Great Depression or W.’s economic crash. The ethical thing is the pragmatic thing, but we;ve put the bullies in charge.)

* "Trump Lets the Truth Come Out Post-Election:"

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* "Ohio's Shady Abortion Compromise:"

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* "The Gift of Reproductive Rights:"

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* "Jordan Klepper Fingers the Pulse - 2016: The Year of the Trump Supporter:"

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* "Good Grief, It's A Stephen Colbert Christmas Special:"

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* "Trump And Kanye Meet To Discuss New Collaboration:"

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* "Introducing: The Forever Times Infinity Ring:"

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* "It's The Late Show Claymation Christmas Special!:"

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* "Putin Hacked The Election Because Of A Vendetta Against Clinton:"

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* It turns out that my sister was the Ball faerie. It was the birthday present that got lost back in October. By itself, it's the best present she's gotten me in years. Omnomnom.

* I need to talk to you about toasting marshmallows again. At some point in my teens I realized that my way of toasting marshmallows was a nigh perfect symbol for my core approach to living. No really, hear me out. When I became Buddhist, I'd refer to this as "zen marshmallow" as a sort of in joke with my friends, but it is serious to me. (I’m not a zen Buddhist, but it makes a fine short hand.)

I am that person who slowly turns the marshmallow, attempting to toast it a perfect shade of brown on all sides. This is pretty much impossible to do. There may be a bit of bubbling or a pale line where the fire didn't evenly cook. The perfectly toasted marshmallow is not a thing you attain, but that doesn't mean it's a waste of time. The journey matters. The sitting and chatting with friends, family, and/or lovers; the staring meditatively into the fire, the warmth on your face and the sparks in the dark, the patient process of cooking are all valuable. They are every bit as much of the why of it as the moment one slides the toasted skin into one's mouth.

It is good practice for being present in the moment. It is good practice for stillness and patience. It is also very much about the fundamental principal that just because it can never be quite prefect, doesn't mean it's not worth doing. I apply that to pretty much everything in life. It works for love or policy or activism or teaching or gardening or baths. The Spirit of the Journey is the point. The marshmallow itself is a delightful extra.

Carry this with you as we attempt the marathon that is resisting and surviving the next for years. Carry this with you as you travel forward. It doesn't have to be a marshmallow, but the attempt is worthy in itself.

* The Monster Under the Bed: http://satyrday.tumblr.com/post/152195680731/fairlyfunctioning-gabbyzvolt25#notes

* I think what is needed is a quality revival of the French Antigone with Hamilton style casting.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Victim of a Hate Crime? Report to the police first, but also report here to help the SPLC track incidents: https://www.splcenter.org/reporthate

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* "Donate to the SPLC:" https://donate.splcenter.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=463

* "A List of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, Anti-Bigotry Organizations That Need Your Support:" http://jezebel.com/a-list-of-pro-women-pro-immigrant-pro-earth-anti-big-1788752078?rev=1478710019591&utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://colinfirth.tumblr.com/post/152963467726/carecen-la-center-for-community-change

* Ways to protest: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/174f0WBSVNSdcQ5_S6rWPGB3pNCsruyyM_ZRQ6QUhGmo/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true#

* More ways to protest "So here’s the deal:" http://the-cimmerians.tumblr.com/post/153516131819/so-heres-the-deal

* "10 ways we can help Standing Rock Indian Reservation.:" http://browngurlwfro.tumblr.com/post/153755459138/dooder-tooder-this-is-a-photo-my-friend-posted

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com
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* "Trump makes 'servile puppy dog' of Ted Cruz:"

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* This is IMPORTANT, yo. We need to win this one. "Louisiana's last 2016 Senate race has national significance:"

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* "Bernie Sanders: The Democrats Have To Become A Grassroots Party:"

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* "Yes, Trump can boost deportations and gut the Dreamer program for young immigrants:" http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-trump-immigration-20161109-story.html

* Be prepared for a long propaganda message before voting. "Call Speaker Ryan About the ACA:" http://gairid.tumblr.com/post/153339198139/call-speaker-ryan-about-the-aca

* "George Takei on proposed Muslim registry:"

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* "Steve Bannon And Reince Priebus Are The New Odd Couple:"

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* "With President Obama Out Of The Country, Stephen Takes Charge:"

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* "Stephen Had A Star Wars Affair Too:"

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* "President-Elect Trump Is Tweeting To Relieve The Pressure:"

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* "Cartoon Trump And Cartoon Putin Make First Joint Public Appearance:"

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* Y'all have likely noticed I'm 1-2 weeks behind on everything. I am doing my best, but I'm flooded. Apologies.

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* Suicide Crisis numbers: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016816845/non-us-crisis-line-list

* Trans Relief Project: http://transrelief.com/

* General Charities list to help groups being targeted in Trump's America: http://lovingmyselfishard.tumblr.com/post/153111297079/charities-that-may-need-some-love-in-the-upcoming

* Where to donate to help Immigrants: http://gwydionmisha.tumblr.com/post/153016818518/colinfirth-carecen-la-center-for-community

* "List of Standing Rock Resources:" https://laughingacademy.tumblr.com/post/152671392633/list-of-standing-rock-resources

* Hurricane Matthew has been catastrophic for the people of Haiti. 800 or more are dead and 60,000 or more displaced. Want to help?

Haitian local charities: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10154561836757433&set=a.84340697432.97916.713622432&type=3&theater
Doctors Without Borders: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/country-region/haiti
Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/disaster-relief?donationProdId=prod12750029&scode=RSG00000E017&gclid=COnZ5tmJys8CFRBEfgodzWoPXQ

* "How to help Flint, Michigan:" http://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/how-help-flint-michigan

* Help pay for cat food, litter, meds, medical copays: Paypal Lethran@gmail.com

* Donate to help refugees "UN Refugee Agency:" http://donate.unhcr.org/international/general

* Organizations helping with the refugee crisis: http://captainofalltheships.tumblr.com/post/128790538169/an-updated-list-of-organizations-to-donate-to-help

* A list of LGBTQA Charities: http://awkward0w1.tumblr.com/post/126399233673

* Want Game of Thrones without the creepy? We desperately need new players. We are very inclusive. "Game of Bones MUSH:" gobmush.wikidot.com

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